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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – August 15, 2014

Roses and lilies, mostly

Roses and lilies, mostly

On this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day there are great clumps of bloomers and I can see a busy fall season of digging and dividing. Here the Thomas Affleck rose and Henryii lilies are lush and full of pollinators. You can also see a cloud of meadow rue flowers. I just love this section of the garden right next to the house.

Black Beauty lilies and crimson bee balm

Black Beauty lilies and crimson bee balm

This Bloom Day the Black Beauty lilies and the crimson bee balm make a great combo – even if they are standing exactly straight and tall.

8-14 phlox etc

This section of the North Lawn Bed is one of the places that whisper, ” Dig me!  Divide me!”  Phlox, pink and white, cone flower, Russian sage and even a lily  that the deer missed at their luncheon party a few weeks ago.

8-14 the pearl, mardi grass yarrow

This is another section of the North Lawn Bed where Achillea “the Pearl is rampant in front of  sunny “Mardi Gras”. On the other side of the path you can see a passalong and nameless yarrow, bits of Blue Paradise phlox and Connecticut Yankee delphinium.

Yarrow

Yarrow

I don’t think this yarrow is Coronaation Gold, but I am going to cut it and see if it dries well.

Ann Varner daylily

Ann Varner daylily

Of course, August is daylily season and Ann Varner is at her peak.

The Fairy rose

The Fairy rose

Except for Thomas Affleck and The Fairy, rose season is over.

Cimicifuga

Cimicifuga

The tall candles of  cimicifuga, snakeroot, look very cool in  the shade of the ancient apple tree.

 

Artemesia lactiflora

Artemesia lactiflora

Like the meadow rue, Artemesia lactiflora has very unusual airy blossoms, but dark foliage.

Hydrangea 'Limelight'

Hydrangea ‘Limelight’

The hydrangeas are in bloom.  ’Mothlight’ the oldest is almost as tall as the weeping birch next to it. ‘Limelight’ is very happy and the oakleaf hydrangea is recovering from deer browing. The bucket loader is there because our driveway is actually town road and the road crew is repairing damage by our heavy rain storms. There hasn’t been  an unusual amount of rain, but when it comes, it comes down hard and all at once.

 

Toremia

Toremia

Toremia is a new annual to me. It grows on the Bridge of Flowers and love it. No deadheading necessary.

 

Cuphea

Cuphea

Cuphea is another new-to-me annual growing in pots in front of the house. The colors are fabulous!

Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding

I first saw Love Lies Bleeding, an amaranth, planted in the ground at Wave Hill in New York. I was stunned  by the aptness of its name, and at Wave Hill it was a heroic love that had died bleeding.  I think I will have to plant it in the ground next year. I am perplexed by the differently shapped pendant flower cluster. One looks like pompoms and the other more tassel-like.  Any ideas?

For more of what is blooming over this great land visit Carol, our hostess, over at May Dreams Gardens on this Bloom Day.

 

10 comments to Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – August 15, 2014

  • I love your tall Black Beauty lilies, Pat! The combo of pinks, purples, and whites in your lawn bed is so appealing. My whole garden is screaming “Dig me, divide me,” too:)

    I’ve been remiss in not letting you know I received my copy of “Hellstrip Gardening” last week; thank you so much! Did I tell you I met Evelyn Hadden in Portland? If I had been thinking, I would have told the people at Timber Press just to hand me the book, rather than mailing it to me–I could have had it autographed on the spot!

  • Nell Jean

    I think your garden is how August is supposed to look. Wonderful.

  • beautiful! I could not get a post in so I am relishing in everyone else’s ! Love the artemesia

  • wow Pat, it’s all so beautiful! I just added snakeroot and cuphea to my growing list of plants for next year..

  • Pat I love seeing your gardens and especially those lilies…wow there are so many blooms…and I have seen so many growing Love Lies Bleeding that I am now smitten and will have to try it.

  • Hi Pat, your garden and blog are so pretty! Ann Vamer Day-lily knows how to put up a show!

  • Pat

    Rose – No matter how – I’m glad you got the book!
    Nell Jean- I love August gardens.
    Cheryl – I think Bloom Day is the best invention ever.
    Salemgarden – I am mad about the cuphea. Fantastic color.
    Donna – I can tell you visiting children love Love Lies Bleeding. Little do they know.

  • Lisa at Greenbow

    What a magnificent stand of those tall lilies. Wow. Your garden looks so rich and has so much in bloom now. Love it. Happy GBBD.

  • Your lilies and Monarda are indeed fantastic togther. The Amaranth looks great. I love the common name, Love Lies Bleeding. I have this idea of planting Love Lies Bleeding with Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, perhaps with a warning that the latter can lead to the former.

  • Sandra

    Wow, Pat, your gardens are spectacular! Have not seen them in several years, will get to your annual viewing next time. Thanks for sharing!

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